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June 27, 2014

Man charged after Sciota Street disturbance

NEW CASTLE — A South Side man was arrested following a disturbance in the Sciota Street apartment complex.

New Castle police Thursday charged Michael Cox Jr., 23, of 721 Long Ave. in connection with the incident, which occurred the night of May 30 at Steinbrink Place, according to police.

Two men there told police that several people had going to that address to start fights with them and they possibly were armed with guns.

As officers drove toward one of the men, later identified as Cox, he was getting into a car in a parking lot and immediately walked away from the officers, according to police. An officer reported he stopped on Sciota Street and Cox saw him and ran.

Officers said they chased him through the apartment complex and into a field between Reynolds Street and Long Avenue, where he fell to the ground. They  tried to handcuff him and he struggled with them, they reported. They searched him and found a .38-caliber handgun in his pocket.

The gun was not reported stolen but it had no record, police said.

Police have charged Cox with flight to avoid apprehension, resisting arrest, and two counts of disorderly conduct.

He was arrested Thursday and is to receive a summons by mail to appear in court.

Police were called to another disturbance at the apartment complex Wednesday night, but reported the incident was not significant.

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